ARTworks offers calligraphy classes

    For centuries, a mark of intelligence (or at least education) has been writing and its corollary, reading. Letters are the first thing we ever learn to write, other than stick figures, and we strain to get the shapes and proportions just right. Most of our writing becomes a messy scrawl. This may help explain why calligraphy is so popular now; it treats letters and writing as a precise, handsome craft, an artform.

    ARTworks, where penmanship is a fine art, is hosting two calligraphy classes in January and February.

    Calligraphy I Introduction with Natasha Lawrence on Saturday, January 26, noon to 3pm @ ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center. Learn the practical art of calligraphy (“beautiful writing”) to address wedding invitations or greeting cards, write in journals, make gift tags and personal correspondence. All materials are included: calligraphy pen to keep, workbook, practice paper and more. Natasha Lawrence is a professional calligrapher to the Historic Charleston Foundation and instructor at the Charleston Museum. She will provide instruction to write with calligraphy pens in the classic Italian Italics lettering style. Students will also have an opportunity to try their hand with different calligraphy pens, view calligraphy art work, books and resources. No artistic ability is necessary.
    Register with the artist: lawrence.natasha@gmail.com, 843-291-1989.

    Calligraphy II with Natasha Lawrence on Saturday, February 2, noon to 3pm @ ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center.
    This session encompasses additional practical and artistic applications of “everyday” calligraphy, the art of beautiful writing. This workshop includes learning cursive italics and fancy lettering, adding flourishes to enhance letters, working with colored pens and making an impression with decorative envelopes. Participants will create an 8″x10″ layered, calligraphic art to frame with a poem, famous quote or freestyle (choice of themed kits with papers & images). All materials included and pen to keep. No artistic ability is necessary.
    Register with the artist: lawrence.natasha@gmail.com, 843-291-1989.

    ARTworks is located at 2127 Boundary Street, Beaufort Town Center, in Beaufort, SC.
    Find out more about this invaluable organization at www.artworksinbeaufort.org.